Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by Hannah Lagaly
Are you looking for some low maintenance heat resistant plants to spruce up your Charleston area yard? If you answered yes, these six plants are for you!
1) Black Eyed Susan- This golden-yellow plant is not only easy to grow but will withstand the most intense Charleston heat and humidity. Its early-summer-blooming flower will surely brighten your garden. Fortunately, deer and other pests usually steer clear of these plants. One of the best things about these plants is that if you cut them back at the end of the season, you can expect a small bloom in the fall. Black Eyed Susan's prefer full sun but will still grow in partial sun.
2) Mealycup Sage- This plant closely resembles lavender in its looks and is a must have in your summer garden. The deep violet flowers grow on tall, sturdy stalks and bloom in the summer, fall, and spring. This plant is also generally pest free! If you are growing this plant in the low country, afternoon shade will extend the bloom period as well as the lifespan of the plant.
3) Threadleaf Coreopsis (Tickseed)- This plant is the easiest out of all the perennials to grow. It usually flowers in a delicate yellow color starting in June and lasts until frost. The size of this plant ranges from 16 to 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide. It is extremely low maintenance and attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.
4) Blanket Flower- These plants are perfect for the lazy gardener because they thrive on neglect. Blanket flowers love full sun and will last even longer if you deadhead them. These stunning flowers come in all kinds of warm colors like; red, orange, and yellow.
5) Butterfly Weed- This plant will bring copious amounts of butterflies to your yard, but not those pesky deer. Butterfly weed is tough, and in the summer it bursts forth with clusters of orange flowers. It is also extremely heat and drought resistant, and it flourishes in sunlight.
6) Lantana -As a local to the tropics, lantana plants love hot and humid weather, and grow best in moist, well-draining soil. They flourish in the sun, especially midday sun, and bloom all year clusters of bright orange, red, pink, yellow, or white. The flowers are perfect for planting along the borders of vegetable gardens because they are irresistible to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
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